HOLT, Fla., Oct. 8, 2018—The entire Florida panhandle continues under a hurricane warning even as the 10 p.m. National Hurricane Center update shifted the storm track a bit to the east.
This area is now out of the three-day cone of probability; however, it’s possible the next update could shift the track back west due to uncertainty of the intensity and structure of the hurricane, according to the NHC.
Although now outside the cone, there’s still the potential for 74-to-110 mph winds here as the storm nears and makes landfall, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Hurricane Michael is developing into a potentially catastrophic event and is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane, according to a statement by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, and preparations should be completed no later than Tuesday morning.
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Air Force Reserve hurricane hunters this evening indicate Michael continues to strengthen.
Reports from the two reconnaissance aircraft indicate maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph and steady-to-rapid strengthening is forecast as the storm moves toward the Gulf Coast.
Michael is still on track to become a major hurricane with 120 mph winds by Tuesday night, according to the NHC.
The hurricane has picked up speed and is now traveling at 13 mph.